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Laser Sensing Of Electric And Magnetic Fields For Power Transmission Applications
Author(s): G. A. Massey; J. C. Johnson; D. C. Erickson
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Paper Abstract

Polarization modulation of light from a 633 nm He-Ne laser, using the Pockels and Faraday effects in appropriate materials, can serve as an electrometer and magnetometer with sensitivities to 0.06 volt/cm and 0.03 gauss or better. With the sensor material placed in the field and the laser illuminator and receiver mounted remotely, this technique can be used for precise, wideband measurement of transient effects and power flow in substation environments where high fields prohibit direct measurements. This paper describes the performance of these devices used in prototype systems for voltage transient monitoring and also for precise voltage and current metering. The latter system requires thermal sensing as well, with an accuracy of 0.1°C; optical methods for accomplishing this will be described.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 October 1976
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0088, Polarized Light: Instruments, Devices, Applications, (22 October 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.955019
Show Author Affiliations
G. A. Massey, Oregon Graduate Center (United States)
J. C. Johnson, Oregon Graduate Center (United States)
D. C. Erickson, Bonneville Power Administration (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0088:
Polarized Light: Instruments, Devices, Applications
Rasheed M. A. Azzam; W. Lewis Hyde, Editor(s)

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